Members of Porirua Living Wage movement broke into applause on Wednesday evening, when Porirua City Councillors voted unanimously for an Annual Plan which includes $200,000 to lift the wages of the lowest paid directly-employed staff. This is the first win in the local campaign for Porirua to become a Living Wage council and a great first step for Porirua.
Living Wage Hutt Valley has also take a step forward, as a result of successfully campaigning in the Annual Plan process. A delegation of Living Wage Hutt Valley leaders was invited by the Mayor to meet the CEO and begin a dialogue about the Living Wage. The meeting was a positive beginning and Hutt City staff will now prepare a report for council.
In Wellington the very first workers employed by contractors are set to receive a pay rise of around $3 an hour. Although there is still a long way to go before all Wellington City Council workers are on the NZ Living Wage, there is much to celebrate.